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Hey guys! It’s almost midnight in Indonesia, which means it almost 2016! 

I can’t believe how fast this year flew by, and I had both good and bad experience from this year.

I just want to thank you guys for visiting this blog, commenting, leaving kind words behind and stay throughout this year. You guys might not realize, but your visits and comments really means a lot to me and helps me grow throughout the year. Thank you guys for this amazing year, I can’t wait to grow more in 2016!

I also want to share some of my favorites this year, music and other stuffs. I hope I could find new things in 2016, and broaden my interest! Of course, there’s no book related stuff here, because I already posted about that.

Favorite Music: Kings by Years & Years. // This song just give me feels!


Favorite Singer: Ryan Tedder! I fell in love all over again with his voice. I mean, have you hear him singing and hit those high notes??? So beautiful.

Favorite TV Show: Teen Wolf! Honestly season 5 is the goriest, creepiest season! And the ships! They’re so complicated!

Favorite Actor: I think it’s a tie between Tom Hiddleston, Michael Fassbender and Lee Pace. OH GOD. Dear Tom, that british accent? That smile? Soooo adorable! And Lee Pace is such a cutie! And Michael?? He has some mad acting skills!

Favorite TV Fictional Characters: Liam Dunbar. If you guys watch Teen Wolf you know what I mean.

Favorite Movie Fictional Characters: Erik Leshnerr. I re-watched X-Men this year and I just realized how First Class is the gayest superheroes movie I’ve ever watched. But Erik? He’s a psycopath but he thinks he does the right thing, protecting the mutants because humans always hunting them.

Favorite TV OTP: DESTIEL 4 LYFE.

Favorite Movie OTP: STUCKY. I even dreamt about them???

Favorite Finds in 2015: Blogging community! It’s actually the first year I took blogging seriously, try to post routinely and actually be a part of the blogging community. I love how warm and welcoming you guys are<3 Also I find this community on Tumblr called Studyblr. They share tips and tricks on studying that actually makes me want to study. WHAAATT? But seriously guys, they're amazing.

Best Thing Happened to Me in 2015: Homestay Program! I actually love love loveee the experience and currently craving to go back to Perth even though it was only last July.

Worst Thing Happened to Me in 2015: New class. It’s just… I hate the new class okay? The people are just selfish and they just don’t care about our class. They’re too individual and UGH I JUST HATE IT. they’re a good individual. but not as a team.

So basically those are what this post all about. I hope you guys have an amazing New Year’s Eve, partying or not, and finally, cheers! Here’s for an amazing 2016!

2015 Reading Stats

IT’S HERE GUYS! It’s finally the last days of 2015, and it’s time for me to show you guys my reading stats! 

2015 has been a great reading month! I read 76 books in total, 73 finished, 3 in progress (maybe I’ll dnf it..) and 1 book is a re-read. I find lots of new series and authors, and I can’t wait to read more books in 2016! So here’s my 2015 reading details:

As you could see, I read mostly fantasy this year, and I plan to read more non-fiction and classic next year. I read 10 books in March, which makes it my best reading month. But I only read 2 books in May, which makes it my worst reading month.

Best new author: Leigh Bardugo. I literally read all her books + novella this year!
Most read author of the year: Leigh Bardugo. 4 books + 4 novellas, 2015 is Leigh Bardugo’s year.
Best book of 2015: Honestly, I can’t choose between To Kill a Mockingbird and Eleanor & Park!
Worst book of 2015: The Medicci’s Dagger by Cameron West
Favorite book cover of 2015: A Thousand Nights UK Edition
Goals for 2016: Read 70 books!
 
How was 2015 for you?

2015 Reading Challenges Report

I can’t believe it’s only 4 days left until 2016! 2015 has definitely been a great reading year. I participated in 2 reading challenges this year, Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge and Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge. I’m really sure I could finished them all, but well… things happened. So did I finished them? Let’s take a look at the details!

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I did it! For the Goodreads Reading Challenge, I read more than what I expected. I set my goals around 65 books, but I managed to read 72 books.I actually think I read more than 73 books, since I don’t add to curently-reading shelves all books I re-read. And I’m currently reading 3 books, so yeah. I guess I did pretty well here. It was less than my last year’s goal, but I barely finished last year’s challenge, so I’m pretty happy with this year’s results!

Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge

Unfortunately, I failed the Popsugar’s one. I am a moody reader, and it’s hard to read something when you’re not in the mood to read it. I have around 6 unfinished category. Here’s the details, and all links would lead to my reviews 🙂

v Book with more than 500 pages: The Enchantress by Michael Scott
v Classic romance: Emma by Jane Austen
v Book turned into movie: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
v Book published this year: Ensnared by A.G Howard
v Book with number in the title: #88 Love Life by Diana Rikasari
v Book by someone under 30: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
v Book with non-human characters: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
v Funny book: Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
v Book by female author: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
v Mystery/Thriller: The Twins Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Longsted
v One word title: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
v Short stories: Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling
v Set in different country: The Warlock by Michael Scott
v Non-fiction: Who Was King Tut? by Roberta Edwards
v Popular Author’s first book: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
v A book by author you love that you haven’t read: Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
v Friend Recommended: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
v Pulitzer Prize Winner: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
v Based on true story: Soppy by Phillipa Rice
v Bottom of to-read: Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne
x Mom loves (my mom doesn’t read any books so…)
v Scary: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
v More than 100 years old: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
v Based on cover: Perfect Ruin by Lauren deStefano
v Supposed to read in school: Catatan Seorang Demonstran by Soe Hok Gie
v A memoar: The Memoar of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
v A book you can finish in a day: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
v Antonyms in the title: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
v Set somewhere you wanted to visit: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
x Came out the year you were born (I planned to read Stardust by Neil Gaiman, but didn’t have time)
v Bad reviews: Medicci’s Dagger by Cameron West
v A Trilogy: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
x Childhood favorites (I planned to read Edgar & Ellen by Charles Ogden, but again, I didn’t have time)
v Love triangle: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
v Set in the future: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
v Set in high school: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
v Color in the title: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
v Made you cry: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
v A book with magic: Silver by Talia Vance
v A graphic novel: Through the Woods by Emily Caroll
v A book by author you never read: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
x Set in hometown (I don’t read any Indonesian books so….)
v Originally written in different language: Persuasion by Jane Austen
v Set during christmas: My True Love Gave to Me
x Author with same initials (I can’t find any authors with T.D initials???)
v Play: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
x Banned book (I just don’t know what to read)
v Turned TV Show: Outlander by Dianna Gabaldon (Halfway through)
v Started never finished: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

(Phew! That was a lot!) I think I did a pretty good job with this challenge, even though I didn’t finished it. I managed to read more books outside my comfort zone (nonfiction, graphic novels) and I actually find myself enjoying them!

Will I join reading challenges next year? Yes! But I will only join the Goodreads one, and skip Popsugar’s. I hate the feels of being pressured of reading something I’m not in the mood for 😄

Did you participated in any reading challenge this year? How does it turn out?

Best of 2015

Hi guys! *wave excitedly* Can you believe it’s only 2 days left of 2015? How was your reading this year? For me, 2015 has been a quite amazing reading month. I really enjoyed most of the books I’ve read, even though some of them dissapoints me. So today, I’m going to share with you my best & worst books of 2015!

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is my author of the year. I read all her Grisha trilogy, her novellas, and her newest book, Six of Crows this year. And I love them all! Six of Crows is definitely better than Shadow and Bone as a series starter and I can’t wait for the next book! Everything about this book is fantastic, the writing style, the plot, the characters, and the Grisha references just make my heart hurts!

2. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I devoured this series in the beginning of the year and I love them! My favorite would be Ruin and Rising. It wraps everything perfectly. I kinda hate who Alina ends up with, but the poetic ways Leigh Bardugo wrote me makes it actually feels bittersweet for me. Just perfect.

3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Okay, hands down, this is my favorite contemporary of 2015. I hate Fangirl, which is why I was reluctant at starting this book. But it turns out to be my favorite. It has that oldschool feelings, since it sets in 1980s, and the story itself is just beautiful.

4. Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

I love how vivid the description is and how the author pictures the Ancient Rome, yet it doesn’t feel like a text book. I love the magical/religional aspects of this book, how Isis guides Selene throughout everything, and Selene keeps finding her faith in Isis.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I recently finished this book, and I have to say, this is my favorite classics of all time. I personally think everyone should read this book at least once before they die. The story is just simply beautiful and just heartfelt, it deals with racism, prejudice, gender, poverty, and so much more. Just.Go.Read.It.

Honourable Mention

1. Perfect Ruin by Lauren deStefano

I mean, look at that cover! It’s so gorgeous! And a floating city where you couldn’t and mustn’t look down? Well everything just sounds awesome, and the cover practically screaming “BUY ME” to me. But the story itself was just… meh.

2. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Honestly? I was expecting more from this book. I expect they try to find the solution to their situation, do their research, campaigns, or go to the court or something. But no. This book isn’t trying to solve or discuss why incest is taboo, it just basically about how they try to find a way sleep together.

3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Okay. Maybe, just maybe, if this book doesn’t have so much hype, I would be able to lower my expectations and enjoyed it more. But it does have a lot of hype, and it doesn’t even meet half of my expectations! It wasn’t very original, and the romance is a disaster. I don’t even care about what would happen next or who would Mare choose.
So those are my best and worst books of 2015. What are your best and worst books? Share your reading experience with me!

2016 Releases

3 more days until 2016! I’m super excited for 2016. It has so many amazing books to be released next year! So here’s a list of my most anticipated released of 2016.

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

 

2. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
3. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
4. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
5. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
5. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
(Cover still unavailable)
 
6. The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
(Cover still unavailable)
7. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
 

 

Goodreads

8. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

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9. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

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10. The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine

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My most anticipated release are A Fierce and Subtle Poison and Into the Dim! I’m currently reading Outlander, and I’m quite enjoyed it so far, so I’m really excited for Into the Dim!
What is your most anticipated release in 2016? If you have posted about this before, leave a link to your post down below! 🙂 

2016 Goals!

We’re here guys! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2015. It feels just like yesterday I celebrated New Year’s Eve, and now we’re going to celebrate it again.

2015 has been an amazing year. I got back into blogging, I joined a homestay programme, and I turned 17 which means I already got my ID! This also means I’m on my final year at school and it has been pushing us harder than ever. But I have pretty solid friends and we usually ditch our schoolwork and just have fun together 😀 I think it’s important to make as much memories with them as I could because after this we probably won’t see each other again.

Since it’s almost 2016, it’s time for me to set some goals for the new year. A fresh new year, with no mistakes and bad memories (yet). I think it’s quite important to set some milestones and goals so you could see how far you’ve come. So here are my goals for 2016…

  1. Learn how to drive // I’m 17 so I could get my driving license, but first, I need to learn how to drive!
  2. Learn how to apply makeup // I’m never fond of makeup, but as a teenage girl, I find it necessary sometimes when I’m attending formal events. 
  3. Run more // I ran quite a lot this past year, but I want to make it a regular activity.
  4. Read more // This year, my reading goal was 65, and I managed to read more than that. So I think I’m going to read 70-75 books this year. Not only to read more, but also read from other genre such as nonfiction.
  5. Get into the university // It’s kind of scary that I’ll get into the university next year… I’m not ready help!!!
  6. Socialize more // I’m not anti-social, I just…. feel awkward sometimes.
  7. Be a kinder person // I’m not mean. I swear I’m not. I’m just moody.
  8. Learn how to cook real food // I could cook some instant food like pasta or noodles. But recently I tried to cook fries and they ended up burnt…. Which makes me realize how poor my cooking skills (if I have any) are.
  9. Complete the 2016 Goodreads reading challenge and 2016 Popsugar reading challenge (I barely finished the 2015 one).
  10. Get my priority straight.

So yeah… Those are my 2016 goals. Let’s just hope I could stay on track and complete everything, since I never managed to complete new year’s goals…

Do you have any goals for 2016? If you have any, what are they?

    Deck the Halls!

    IT’S HERE GUYS! MERRY CHRISTMAS! WOHOOO!
    Merry Christmas you guys! Have a wonderful day with your family and friends, open your presents, and eat a lot of food. It’s only once a year. Have an amazing and wonderful holidays for you and your family!
     This Christmas I’m going to my Grandmother’s house, which would explain my lack of reviews this past week. I’m just not in the mood to write any reviews and just want to read and chill. Maybe I’ll post some mini reviews. But anyways, we don’t usually put up Christmas tree in my Grandmother’s house, it’s just too much trouble. We have family lunch though. 

    So yeah, have an amazing holiday! See you guys soon!
     

    Long Cold Nights Favorites

    Another Christmas theme post! Tomorrow is Christmas guys! 

    December 24th-January 1st it’s like the most comfortable nights of the year. We don’t have winter in Indonesia, but it was pretty cold since it’s the rainy season. I could just stay up all night, reading and watching the Christmas lights twinkling at night, just soaking up in the holiday feels. So today I’m going to share with you guys what I usually do during those holiday nights.

    But FIRST: Get comfortable. Wear you favorite pyjamas. Play a Christmas playlist. Light the Christmas tree and the candles if you want. Snuggle up inside a blanket. Drink hot chocolate. Bring them all into a spot and just stay there and enjoy the night!<33

    Books

    1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

    Well this one isn’t very Christmas-y, more like autumn/fall, but it’s really appropriate for cold weather.

    2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    Again, this book isn’t really Christmas-y, but it was beautiful and enchanting, with all the magic and details.

    3. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins

    This is a book for the holiday seasons. Seriously guys, this book is just perfect for Christmas/New Year holiday. It has 12 cute romance that will fill you with the holiday spirit.

    Movies

    1. Harry Potter and the Sorceress’s Stone

    This one is a obvious choice! Why only HP 1 Tasya? Well because the story just got darker each book (and each movie) and this one has the most nostalgic and Christmas-y feelings!

    2. Edward Scissorhands

    I love Tim Burton’s movie. But my favorite would always be Corpse Bride and Edward Scissorhands. Corpse Bride has more Halloween feels to it, so we skip it, but Edward Scissorhands? It sets around Christmas. It made me cry. WHY HUMANS WHY??? Edward just looks so sad and lonely gosh 😦 So yeah, this movie is highly recommended.

    3. Marvel Movies

    I LOVE watching action movies at NYE, so I guess this year I’d watch a lot of Marvel’s movies like The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World. I can’t wait for X-Men Apocalypse and Civil War!

    4. Nightmare Before Christmas

    Another Tim Burton’s movie! Even though this isn’t my favorite, this movie is like my must-watch movie on Christmas Eve.

    Other than reading and watching movies, I also love just scroll the internet reading fanfiction or log in to Tumblr. I love celebrating the holidays with people from all over the world! Enjoy your holiday guys!
    What do you like to do on holiday nights?

    The Grinch Book Tag

    It’s almost here guys! Only 4 days left before Christmas, so let’s do some Christmas-theme post!

    “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a very famous book by Dr. Seuss, which was adapted into a movie that starred little Taylor Momsen. No guys we’re not talking about the movie. Basically the Grinch is green, grumpy, and anti-christmas. So in today’s post, I want to share my inner Grinch with you guys *winks*

    I saw this tag on Alice @ The Book Castle blog. You could do it if you want 🙂

    1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out

    Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill 


    I really enjoyed City of Bones and City of Ashes. Then we have City of Glass and it all went downhill. Clary and Jace just got too clingy and inseparable and they’re getting on my nerves. And then the series goes from a trilogy into a 6-books series. UGH.

    2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone

    Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

    I just don’t understand the hype about this book! It doesn’t have original ideas, I mean this book is just a mix of other famous dystopian books, and it’s pretty predictable. Plus the romance is just NO. The chemistry was non-existent.


    3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration

    Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)
     

    Okay, so this one is a childhood favorite. Edgar & Ellen are twins that live in a tower (sort of) and no one knows where their parents are. Since they have no parents, they’re kind of wild and keep doing pranks and ruining the city life. It was pretty entertaining to read though!

    4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real

    Name a book you were spoiled for

    I just bought this book earlier today, even though I already know how it ends. I just love this series that much. Thanks for the spoiler, internet :):)

    5. It’s freezing outside

    Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with
     
    I have nothing against anxiety. But Cath really gets on my nerves. She’s socially incapable and just…. I don’t know… She get out of her shell eventually, but still…

    6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings

    Name a couple you couldn’t stand
    THIS WAS THE WORST CLACE BOOK OKAY??? The only thing that kept me going through this series is because it only have one more book left. I have come too far to stop.

    7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of

    Show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of 
    I’ve owned this book for a while, but never really been in a mood to read it, because well, it’s intimidating! 800 pages! But yeah I’m currently reading this right now so let’s just hope I’ll love it.

    8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer

    Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)





    *sigh* You know which characters I meant in Teen Wolf. The season 3 finale kills part of me. And the Mockingjay’s deaths… well all of them are awful!

    9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers 

    Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

    I never got past the 8th book. It’s just too long and repetitive.

    10. The Grinch

    Name a main character you HATE (No villians again!)

    Lena is just so plain and boring and emotional and spineless. Here’s my review of Delirium for thoughts on Lena.

    And here’s a bonus videos of a cat that accurately describe me sneaking around to steal Christmas on the Christmas Eve.

    Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

    Title: Six of Crows
    Author: Leigh Bardugo
    E-book edition, 384 pages
    Published: September 29th 2015
    Publisher: Indigo
    4.5/5 stars
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26843776-six-of-crows
    Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
    A convict with a thirst for revenge.
    A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
    A runaway with a privileged past.
    A spy known as the Wraith.
    A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
    A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
    Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
    I’ve seen a lot of people raving about this book, and it took me a while, but I finally read it! I’m glad I did, because it doesn’t dissapoint me!

    I really love to explore other parts of the Grisha universe other than Ravka. We see a lot more of Ketterdam, and actually visits Fjerda. I love how Leigh Bardugo incorporated different cultures in her world. While Ravka has Russian-based cultures, I think Ketterdam has more like Dutch culture, with all the names (Van Eck, Heleen), the canals, and rivers. And even though Fjerda is depicted as extremely cold and snow all over and the Ice Palace, I feel like it has Germany-based cultures with the name like Jarl Brum, and colorful buildings. Now I really want to know more and visit Shu Han. I don’t really know if it’s more Chinese and Korean, but it would be awesome to read more about it!
    I also realy love the plot. It was definitely action packed, with all the gunfights and sneaking and competitions and explosions all over the book, and fast paced. It goes right into the action. I do have some complaints about this book though. I don’t see the point of different povs other than to tell their backstory, because they all sound the same to me, and those povs still use 3rd person pronouns instead of 1st person pronouns. Also, it gets kind of repetitive near the end because everyone tells what happened to them at “eleven and quarter chimes”. And, how do you create a quarter or a half bells??? 

    Kaz is the leader of the group and the mastermind. I love how sly he is, always prepared, always managed to make a plan, always managed to surprise everyone. He reminds me of Nikolai, but definitely darker. His past is absolutely terrible, I would never guessed that *spoiler he has to stay afloat using his dead brother’s body *shudders* *spoiler ends. No wonder he’s really determined for revenge and could be ruthless sometimes. But in my opinion, *spoiler it wasn’t entirely Pekka Rollins’ fault. If only Jordie could control his greed and think again, he would know when to stop. *spoiler ends

    Inej is also known The Wraith. She’s the best spy in town, she could scale every building, and walk without any sound. She’s also deadly with her weapons. I love how she still believes in her Gods and Goddeses, after everything that happened to her, and still feel strong connection with her family. I also love how she finally finds her goal. But unfortunately her backstory is kind of meh for me… I mean it wasn’t as awful as the others so…

    Nina is a heartrender. After Ravka civil war, she accidentally caught by Druskelle, and because one and other things form an uneasy friendship with Matthias, but eventually betrays him. Matthias was put in a prison, and they have fragile and uneasy relationship ever since. I love how Nina seems harmless, she’s bubbly and she could seduce you, but one flick of her hand and you’re out. But sometimes she’s too reckless and impulsive, which put other people at risk. Matthias is okay I guess. I’ll see where his character development goes in the next book.

    Jesper is the sharp shooter. He’s like the class clown, he always managed to make me laugh with his attitude. His backstory also kind of meh, because it was pretty common.

    Now here’s a surprise, even for me. My favorite is Wylan! He’s a cute marshmallow, but give him explosives and you got to be careful! Where’s his pov though??? I keep waiting for that, to see inside his head. His backstory surprised me though. I didn’t see that coming.

    I love how frustrating Kaz and Inej relationship is. It burns soooooooo slow. Both of them aren’t really good with their feelings. JUST KISS GUYS. I love Nina and Matthias, because even though they relationship is complicated at the beginning, they can’t denied their feelings and they eventually came together! YAY. BUT GUYS. Jesper and Wyland is my favorite. I don’t know if they’re gay, or just bromance, I don’t care. THEY’RE SO CUTE!

    I love Inej and Nina friendship, they got each other’s back and give each other love advice. But I hate how distinct Kaz and his crews. He shows nothing for them. As for Matthias, maybe because he is new and needs some time to adapt. The crew still have a lot of things to improve in their relationships, and I hope to see more interactions between them.

    Overall, I LOVE this book! It’s incredibly gripping and it never bores me. Highly recommended, definitely one of my best reads in 2015!